J&J Wants Mistrial For Struck Talc Trial Closing Arguments

Law360, New Brunswick, N.J. (September 10, 2019, 12:59 PM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson is seeking a mistrial after a New Jersey state judge struck Weil Gotshal's entire closing argument in a trial over allegations the pharmaceutical giant's baby powder caused mesothelioma, calling the move a "draconian penalty."

Juror deliberations continued Tuesday, a day after the company filed the mistrial motion late Monday in connection with Superior Court Judge Ana C. Viscomi's ruling last week to strike the closing argument of J&J attorney Diane Sullivan of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, who said "lawsuit fiction" dominated the claims by four mesothelioma victims.

J&J argued the decision to strike was "disproportionate and unreasonable."...

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